The Queensland Government will introduce mandatory drug testing for parents with children in departmental care.
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This comes after recent government statistics revealed one third of children in protection has at least one parent who is using or has used ice.
Queensland’s Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said the data from the state’s first ice summit assisted the Government in coming up with strategies to combat the problem.
She also announced drug and alcohol nurses will be embedded in government family support system for the first time, to enable better coordination and collaboration on the ground between family safety, the family support team, and health practitioners.
In just under a week, Ipswich CBD will be playing host to the annual Walk Against Domestic and Family Violence.
The event is being held as a part of a partnership between the Ipswich City Council and the Domestic Violence Action Centre, who says the walk is an important part of sending a clear message that domestic violence will not be tolerated.
The march will end with a candlelight vigil at d’Arcy Doyle Place on Brisbane Street and is expected to go from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.
Government hides more than 200 pages of youth detention review
A body piercing studio in Cairns is garnering much unwanted attention following an allegation made by a young backpacker who was turned away for being Israeli. (source: Facebook)
Mohr Wenger and her friend, who are visiting Australia, went to Cold Steel Body Piercing to get their noses pierced and has alleged the store has a “No Israelis served here” poster hung up on a wall of the studio.
Once the store person found out the pair of young women were from Israel he turned them away, saying it was “out of principal.”
The heritage listed Fraser Island has had its national park renamed back to the island’s traditional title, which comes as a small win for the traditional owners of the island. (photo credit: Creative Commons Zero)
The national park which sees over 800,000 visitors annually, spans across the entire island has now be renamed K’gari, with three signs displaying the new name to be installed throughout the island.
The Butchulla people have always called the island K’gari, which means paradise, and continue to campaign for the whole island to be renamed.
Personalised transport reforms
Taxi and limousine owners and operators can now apply for $9,000 in payments under the current Palaszczuk incentive.
Thousands of Brisbane residents have attended the Brisbane dawn service this morning to commemorate 102 years since the ANZAC soldiers landed in Gallipoli. (Image Source: Flickr)
According to returned Services League Queensland secretary, Scott Denner, attendance has increased over the past 15 years with more people gathering to remember the 100,000 Australian lives lost in conflict.
There will be over 40 Anzac Day services across the Brisbane area today with the Anzac Day Parade through Brisbane's CBD starting at 10:00 am.
Queensland to honour veterans for 75th anniversary of Battle of the Coral Sea
Today Australian’s will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea during today’s ANZAC Day services.
The Government backs out of plans to cut community legal centre funding.
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As per their budget, the Turnbull Government was due to slash $35 million from the community legal aid sector, a system which provides free legal help to disadvantaged Australians in 190 centres.
Senator Brandis remarked on the financial backflip, by saying ‘the government has always recognised the essential role of the legal assistance sector in providing access to justice for the most vulnerable Australians’.
The reinstated money will go toward frontline services in community legal centres and to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.